Where is all the construction equipment? We’ve been getting that question a lot
this week, as the open air lot behind the fence appears to remain quiet. Here’s
what’s actually going on:
The first phase of the project is going to involve excavating certain spaces in
the outer lot where the pillars will go to support the concrete platform on
which the park will ultimately rest. Before that can begin, there is surveying
work and other preparation that must happen. That preparatory work is going on
now, so although the lot seems empty at times, the project is progressing. We
are expecting the excavation phase to begin soon, and will let you know when
In the meantime, thank you very much to all of you who have shared your support
and excitement about the project, and to everyone who sent us email or attended
a town hall meeting last week!
A quick clarification, as we’ve received some questions about the closed outdoor
parking lot: the closure of the open air lot is TEMPORARY. Once the
pillars and concrete platform for the park have been completed, the platform
will be raised to the level of the main campus and the park will be created on
top of that platform. The parking lot will then return to service. We are
looking forward to re-opening the parking lot as soon as it is safe to do so, as
early as possible in 2018.
In addition to the additional self-parking spaces in the covered lots and the
extended hours of valet service, we have been monitoring parking closely and
have added a number of new measures. Some of these changes came in direct
response to thoughtful suggestions from many of you:
- We’ve added more handicapped-accessible spaces not far from the
entrance. If you need such a space and don’t see one available when you
enter the garage, please ask the parking attendant to direct you to the
- We have increased the number of directional signs in the garage
and made them larger and more legible.
- A parking attendant is now positioned in the main aisle inside the
garage during peak times to help direct drivers to self-parking or to
the valet parking area.
- We’ve coned off a pedestrian path near the new fencing to provide
safer walking to our main entrance.
- An elevator is available near the preschool/town square. This
elevator and adjacent stairs, which are near Aisle D, may be closer to where
you now park. Once you go upstairs, it’s a quick walk to the Fitness Center
or other campus destinations.
- More hours of valet and parking attendant support are being added
We also wanted to pass along an earnest request from our neighbors: please do
not park in the Altaire lot to the left of the main driveway. These are
private spaces for Altaire homeowners, and cars parked in that garage that do
not belong to Altaire guests may be towed. We appreciate your help in respecting
Altaire homeowners’ property and being good neighbors.
We know that the temporary loss of the outdoor lot has made parking more
challenging, particularly during busy times, and we regret any inconvenience you
have experienced so far. We are keenly aware that continuing to improve the
parking situation is the most important contribution we can make to maintaining
our members’ and guests’ experience during the construction project, and we
deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we figure out what works
best. Please keep your suggestions coming as we learn together how to navigate
the construction activity over the coming months. Email comments and questions
to: [email protected].